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News Nearby: Patchogue NYPD Officer Survives Shooting

Also: HMS Bounty hosts fundraiser in Port Jefferson; Good Samaritans rescue pair from strong currents in Smithtown Bay.

From Patchogue Patch: A New York City Police officer from Patchogue is alive today thanks to his bulletproof vest. Brian Groves of Patchogue survived a shooting early Thursday morning on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after reports of criminal activity in a public housing stairwell, said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference held at Bellevue Hospital. Bloomberg said Groves and his partner encountered a man in the stairwell and saw he had a gun. When the suspect fled the two officers pursued him.  The mayor said the suspect turned and shot Groves once. Groves returned fire but it is unknown if the suspect was hit. The suspect remains at large. Read the full story .

From Port Jefferson Patch: On Sunday, the HMS Bounty played host to a benefit for the to raise money for the new home of the museum. Tickets were $65 each ($100 per couple) and local residents and business owners came out to on the corner of Main Street and East Main Street dedicated soley to Long Island music. Attendees were treated to food and drink provided by local businesses like Z-Pita and the Port Jefferson Brewing Company. Long Island Vodka was pouring as well as the Wine Guy and music was provided by Jack Licitra. The event, called "Music on the Bounty," capped off with a walk from the tall ship uptown to the the Long Island Hall of Fame's new space. Organizers and deck hands mixed and mingled with area residents who came out to support the museum. See the photo gallery .

From Kings Park Patch: Two men were rescued out of Smithtown Bay by two fishermen in the early morning hours on Saturday at Kings Park Bluff. Suffolk County Police said a man slipped off a sandbar between Short Beach and the Bluff at about 1:20 a.m. as a result of strong currents, and was unable to get back out of the water. According to police, his friend jumped in to help and both men then needed to be rescued. Read the full story .

From Smithtown Patch: St. James will soon be the home to a new, unique business – Mancaves. “Mancaves is going to be a store that provides man caves for people as well as build man caves for people … [with] anything really cool that has to do with your home,” said owner Dan Silberman. Silberman said virtually anything could go in a man cave – a location dedicated to the wants of the man of the household where they could socialize and hang out with friends – from barbecue equipment to pool tables, home theatre equipment and more. Read the full story .

From Commack Patch: A Commack laundromat owner's luck hasn't run out yet, as a deal has been struck to allow her to stay open for business.  Lucky 7 Laundromat has renewed its lease in Mayfair Shopping Center, despite earlier "It's past June 15, and I'm still here," said Christina Onorato, owner of Lucky 7 Laundromats. Onorato contacted Patch in March when she said Lucky 7 Laundromat was being forced to move out of Mayfair Shopping Center, between Rite Aid and New York & Company, by the end of June. Lucky 7 Laundromat has been located in the Mayfair Shopping Center for 15 years. Read the full story .

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